Big commitment; Mack makes choice

Louisville has picked up a big 2011 commitment. Three-star Memphis (TN) Wooddale offensive tackle Ryan Mack visited the Cardinals Friday with his family and made a big decision about his future. spoke with Mack shortly after he made his commitment.

Louisville's latest 2011 commitment is also it's biggest.

Ryan Mack, a 6'6, 320-pound offensive tackle from Memphis, TN, made his second visit to Louisville in the past month Friday and gave Charlie Strong's Cardinals a commitment.

"Yes, sir, I am a [Cardinal]," Mack told Friday afternoon. "It just felt like the place for me and I went ahead and made my decision.

"I talked to Coach Strong, Coach [Mike] Groh and most of the staff today. The facilities at Louisville are great and I'm looking forward to playing there."

Mack, the biggest of Louisville's 14 2011 commitments, attended the Cardinals football camp last month and earned an offer from Charlie Strong.

A three-star prospect, Mack, rated the No. 90 offensive tackle nationally, chose Louisville over Memphis, Southern Miss and Kentucky.

Mack's commitment didn't come as a surprise. He told after camping at UofL last month that the Cardinals were his favorite and that the odds were 'very strong' that he'd commit on this most recent visit.

Before he gave Louisville his word, Mack's mother had to sign off on the commitment. Friday, his mother, aunt and two sisters saw why Mack wanted to play for the Cardinals.

"My mom really liked [Louisville], she loved it really," Mack said. "She really liked the academics. She liked that Coach Strong raised the players GPA's from 2.0 all the way up to a 2.7 last semester and most of the players had 3.0's. So she really liked that."

Mack, who has been compared to Baltimore Ravens offensive lineman Michael Oher, another former Memphis high school standout who was the subject of the hit movie "Blind Side," is looking forward to working with Louisville offensive line coach Dave Borbely.

"He is a great offensive line coach, someone I can get better working with and try to get to the NFL," Mack said. "He compared me to one of his former players who plays in the NFL for the Chiefs. He said I have good footwork and if I get that better I'm on my way."

Mack, rated a Top 10 prospect in Tennessee by one recruiting service, is the second offensive lineman to commit to the Cardinals 2011 recruiting class, joining Treasure Coast, FL's Mike Romano.

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